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Reading Girls' School Newsletter - 5 APRIL 2019

Principal’s message — Preparing for significant curriculum changes (inset day Tuesday 23rd April 2019)

You will have received a text message from school on Thursday of this week informing you that we will be holding an extra inset day on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. The school will be closed for Year 7-10 pupils on that day. HOWEVER, YEAR 11 ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN SCHOOL from 9.30am – 2.20pm to continue with their GCSE preparations.

Oftsed will launch their newly transformed inspection framework in September 2019 at the heart of which is a fundamental change to curriculum provision requirement of schools. There is no doubt that the bar has risen for schools and rightly so. It does mean however, that schools with current Oftsed ratings will have been awarded that grade under a much less challenging framework than what is to come from September.

Consequently, we will begin phase 1 of our planning from 23rd April 2019. I want to ensure that staff have the time to plan properly and not as an added extra to their day. It is very important that we create the best curriculum experience possible for future year groups. There will be further planning days before the summer holidays which I will clarify for you after Easter.

In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family a peaceful Easter holiday.

Jon Gargan, Principal

STEM

Year 8's STEM day on Wednesday 3 April was run by the Engineering Development Trust, who presented one of their First Edition days, sponsored by ARUP. The day was designed to excite and enlighten students on how STEM is fun, interesting, and results in a rewarding career.

In small groups the girls worked on two major projects during the day. The first one was to build a rollercoaster: the structures were built on a given frame and then constructed with card, with the idea being to send a marble from top to bottom in the slowest time, without it getting stuck or falling off the roller-coaster. Some great designs were constructed.

The second major task was to build a car using K'NEX and then on the race track see which car would travel the furthest, propelled by an elastic band. The winning car travelled over half the width of the hall. The day included insights into the opportunities for everyone, with an emphasis on the work of women who have flourished in this sector, to be involved in careers involving STEM, with a reminder of the many new areas, and the fact that the rapidly changing world will offer even more.

Health & Fitness

The Year 9 and 10 Health and Fitness students have been looking at the topic of respiration. They have been looking at lung volumes and were specifically trying to measure their vital capacity which is the maximum amount of air you can exhale after a deep breath in. They did this three times into a balloon and measured the diameter to get their best score.

Teaching and Learning

Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Leaning?

This academic year has been an exciting time for staff and students at Reading Girls’ School, with the launch of REAL. At the end of lessons students get the opportunity to feedback to teachers about the lesson. Students are presented with the question ‘Has your lesson been REAL?’ Students inform the teacher by taking a token and placing it in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box in their classroom. The tokens are then collected in at the end of the week and counted.

Results for week Monday 1 to Friday 5 April 2019

YES - 338 tokens

No - 68 tokens

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